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Coronavirus: Worst could be yet to come, WHO warns


The worst could be still to come in the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, six months on from when the outbreak began.

WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the virus would infect many more people if governments did not start to implement the right policies.

His message remained “Test, Trace, Isolate and Quarantine”, he said.

More than 10m cases have been recorded worldwide since coronavirus emerged in China late last year.

The number of patients who died is now above 500,000. Half the world’s cases have been in the US and Europe but Covid-19 is rapidly growing in the Americas.

The virus is also affecting South Asia and Africa, where it is not expected to peak until the end of July.

Dr Tedros told a virtual briefing on Monday: “We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is this is not even close to being over.

“Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up.”

Media captionPostcards from a Covid-America

“With 10 million cases now and half a million deaths, unless we address the problems we’ve already identified at WHO, the lack of national unity and lack of global solidarity and the divided world which is actually helping the virus to spread… the worst is yet to come,” he said.

“I’m sorry to say that, but with this kind of environment and conditions we fear the worst.”

He also urged more governments to follow the examples of Germany, South Korea and Japan, which kept their outbreak in check through policies that included rigorous testing and tracing.

What are the worst-affected countries?

The US has reported more than 2.5 million cases and about 126,000 deaths with Covid-19 so far – more than any other nation.

US states that emerged from lockdown in recent weeks – notably in the south – have been reporting sharp increases in new infections in recent weeks.

The spike has led officials in Texas, Florida and other states to tighten restrictions on business again.

The country with the second-highest number of recorded cases is Brazil, with a total of 1.3 million, and deaths in excess of 57,000.

On Monday a state of emergency was declared in the capital Brasilia, following a surge there.

Like most Brazilian governors and mayors, the local authorities in Brasilia eased social distancing restrictions earlier this month and allowed shops to reopen

In the UK – the country with the greatest number of deaths in Western Europe – the mayor of Leicester said pubs and restaurants might stay closed for two more weeks due to a spike in cases.

Restrictions in the rest of England are due to be eased at the weekend, with pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and hotels allowed to reopen.



Making mistakes is part of the learning process. Recognising them is the first
important step. Madness has been described as continuing to do the same thing
whilst desiring a different result. This is like running an advert week after week in
your local publication that never provides a response or reaction and doing
nothing about it, whilst at the same time hoping to get a result. There are many
examples like this and we are probably all guilty of some of them.

Use the following set of indicators to raise your own awareness of the mistakes you
may be making.

-No plan – haphazard activities
-Too busy doing business to consider how to develop business
-Jumping from one failed idea to another without stopping to think
-Your marketing plan on a ‘post it’ note or in your head
-Untargeted attempts to generate sales
-Not really knowing what works and what doesn’t to make informed decisions
-Trying to do too much too quickly and making mistakes
-Wasting money, time and effort repeating what doesn’t work
-Poor decisions about what to invest in – believing the sales person
-Letting fear paralyse the taking of positive action
-Mixed messages with no coherent theme

-Over complicating marketing activities and messages
-Working very hard but not getting results that match the effort
-Making excuses – I haven’t got time to market my business
-Thinking that marketing is complicated – and avoiding doing it
-Relying on only one or two methods of generating business
-Suffering from feast and famine revenue cycles
-Keeping poor records of important prospects and customers
-Not really being able to explain why someone should buy from you
-Hoping and praying that business will come to you – but not taking action

Note: Credit to Jackie Jarvis:85 Inspiring Ways To Market Your Small Business

Dancing with COVID-19: Public Health Precautions Beyond the Movement Control Order

Projections of a ‘long dance’ with COVID-19 post-MCO necessitate a ‘whole of Malaysia’ team effort to sustain public health interventions to stem the epidemic. The KRI discussion paper makes plausible projections for dealing with the ‘dance’ phase of COVID-19 post-MCO…

Source: Dancing with COVID-19: Public Health Precautions Beyond the Movement Control Order